Troubadour J. J. CALE Released ‘GRASHOPPER’ Album 40 Years Ago

2 March 2022

Artist: J. J. CALE
Who: Celebrated country/blues/rock
singer-songwriter from Oklahoma City
December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013
Albums: 15 – full discography here

Anniversary album: GRASSHOPPER – 7th LP
Released: 2 March 1982 – 40 years ago

AllMusic:J.J. Cale drifts toward a more pop approach on this album. The usual blues and country shuffle approach is in effect, but Audie Ashworth’s production is unusually sharp, the playing has more bite than usual, and Cale, whose vocals are for the most part up in the mix, sounds more engaged. It’s not clear, however, that this is an improvement over his usual laidback approach, and, in any case, it shouldn’t be over-emphasized, this is still a J.J. Cale album, with its cantering tempos and single-note guitar runs. It’s just that, when you have a style as defined as Cale’s, little movements in style loom larger.” Score: 2/5.

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J. J. CALE: History

J. J. CALE – The Late Guitar Legend Released His Fourth Album ‘TROUBADOUR’ 45 Years Ago

5 September 2021

Artist: J. J. CALE
December 5, 1938 – July 26, 2013
Career: 1958–2013 / 15 studio albums

Anniversary album: TROUBADUR – 4th LP
Released: 5 September 1976 – 45 years ago

AllMusic: “Producer Audie Ashworth introduced some different instruments,
notably vibes and what sound like horns (although none are credited), for a
slightly altered sound on Troubadour. But J.J. Cale’s albums are so steeped in
his introspective style that they become interchangeable. If
you like one of
them, chances are you’ll want to have them all. This one is notable for
introducing “Cocaine,” which Eric Clapton covered on his Slowhand
album a year later.” Score: 4.5/5.

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most authentic Americana troubadour ever.

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J.J. CALE: History